Leicester’s Dayflower dreaming of stars

By Corrie McBeath

Dayflower, a local Dream Pop, lo-fi and tape music band from Leicester, is rising to the spotlight with appearances on the radio.

The band, formed in 2013, who describe their music as ‘honey-drenched pop melodies over a collage of fuzzed-up synths, lo-fi beats, and jangly guitars’, consists of four members: Alex Clemance on vocals, Calum Vaughan on synth, David Dhonau on bass and backing vocals and Joel Evans on guitar.

In late December 2014, Dayflower appeared on radio six with Tom Robinson. More recently, on March 15, the bands songs were played on the radio in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancaster.

Calum Vaughan, who plays synth for the band, said: “I didn’t think too much of it when I joined the band, but within a week we were playing on the radio, and within two weeks we had a lot of gigs lined up.

“It all happened quite fast.”

Dream Pop is a sub genre of Alternative Rock that is thought to give just as much, if not more, importance on the texture of a song rather than the melody. Dayflower takes influences from artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Ariel Pink, M83, Beck and more.

Dayflower have another gig lined up on the April 2, when they will be playing at the Dublin Castle in Camden, London, the very same venue that popular ska band Madness once played at.

For more information about the band and to hear some of their music, you can visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/dayflowermusic

Alternatively, visit their SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/dayflowermusic

Art exhibitions come back to Newarke Houses Museum

By Nicole Patrick-Gibson
Newarke Houses Museum is holding the annual Leicester and East Midlands Open Art exhibition for the first time in 26 years.
The free exhibition, which has previously been held at New Walk Museum, was open to submissions from local and regional artists from 11-years-old upwards.
Hundreds of people submitted their work to the competition, from paintings to pottery and then 250 works are selected to be on display.
Kerem Cetindamar, Digital Access Officer for Newarke Houses Museum said: “It’s open to all artists; amateurs and professionals, young and old. That’s the best thing about it, it’s open to everyone.”
One piece is chosen and bought by City of Leicester Museums Trust which will be gifted to the museum.
This year the purchase prizewinner is Peter Rapp with Poisonous Back’d Toad.
Mr Cetindamar added: “It’s a Richard the III inspired piece which is topical and quite unusual. That’s probably why it’s been chosen.”
Five of the pieces are chosen by different companies sponsoring the exhibition to win a cash prize.
However the most prestigious is the Richard Attenborough Prize, which includes £2000, and a solo exhibition at the City Gallery in Leicester
This year’s winner is Claire Elizabeth Jackson with a portrait called “I Still Miss My Granny”.
Paige Uttley-Plunkett, 19, a Fine Art student at De Montfort University was visiting the exhibition today.
She said: “This is a great exhibition and some of the submissions are from artists as young as 11. My course friend, Jonjo Elliot had his oil and acrylic canvas painting chosen to feature, which is excellent for him.”
The exhibition is open to all from Saturday March 14 until Sunday March 4 and the museum is open 7 days a week.

The alternative vote

By Kizzy Bassred-kite-50498_640

Britain has an important decision to makeby May 7th, not who will run the country but which bird should represent our nation.

With America having the bald eagle and India the peacock, Britain, which is renowned as an animal loving nation, has no official national bird. This is set to change.

David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, has organised a campaign to find if the robin is still the favourite UK bird, as originally voted in the 1960’s poll by The Times, or will one of the other nine shortlisted birds knock it off its perch.

So what do people think should be our nation’s bird?

Alan Redpath, farm manager at Lowesby Farms, said: “I would choose the robin. We have three or four on our feeder each morning. They symbolise Britain.”

Kirsti-Mai Scrivens, first year Journalism and Creative Writing student at De Montfort University, said: “The barn owl as they are cute.”

Patricia Bass, a retired data entry worker from Lowesby, said: “The robin, as they are always nice to see in the garden and have a great character. They are very photogenic and have a lovely bird song.”

The shortlist for the ten birds includes the red kite, recently reintroduced to parts of England, including Northamptonshire and Scotland, and the puffin. The original list had 60 bird species nominated by more than 70,000 people.

With the vote closing on the same day as the general election, we may know who the winner is before we know who will be running the country.

Once this decision has been made, Mr Lindo will present the Queen and the new Prime Minister with the result and lobby for the winner to become the UK’s national bird.

To cast your vote visit: www.votenationalbird.com

Media students promote healthy eating

By Charlotte Orwin

SWEET SUCCESS  Media production students giving away your five a day

Media production students giving away your five a day

Media students are promoting healthy eating by giving away free fruit and veg at DMU.

Media Production students are promoting “Health for Students” by giving away fresh fruit and vegetables on the De Montfort university campus.

Emily Mclernon, a third year media student, said: “People have a perception that all students eat unhealthily. We are trying to change that. We are promoting healthier eating by giving away fruit pots.

“All of the food on the stall was bought for £10 from Leicester Market, so we are showing people that eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive and can support the local trade too.”

The event is part of a weeklong campaign by the students to highlight the benefits of healthy eating. The stall is giving away fresh, healthy snacks today and tomorrow until two o’clock.

A stall has been set up outside the campus centre at De Montfort University where students are giving away fruit, vegetables and yoghurt pots.

Emily said: “All this took us about ten minutes to put together so it was fast but healthy. People think only unhealthy food can be quick, so we are trying to change their minds and encourage them to eat more healthily.”

The final event of the week is a lecture is being held by the media production team on campus this Friday at 12pm to discuss low carb awareness. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Festival Of Ideas returns

By Lewis Bagshawfestival-of-ideas-bnr

The Theory Of Everything: Putting Knowledge Into Practice for Public Good, is just one of the many fun and exciting lectures coming to DMU during this week’s Festival of Ideas.

The festival will give oppurtunites for students of De Montfort University to attend a variety of lectures and seminars that will hopefully be of interest to many.

The events include Wartime Farm Revisited, a talk by Professor John Martin on the important role of Britain’s rural community during the Second World War. This talk will be held in room 2.07 of the Hugh Aston building on Monday, March 16, between 1-2pm.

Lauren Cressey, 20, a first year Film Studies and Creative Writing student, said: “I think the festival is an excellent idea, the idea of showing what people have achieved here at DMU is heartwarming and I will definitely be attending to see what kind of exciting and outstanding work they’ll be showing.”

There will also be a talk by Professor Liming Chen on Making Ageing Easier – does technology have the answer?, about the role technology will have for the healthcare services. This talk will also be held in Hugh Aston on Wednesday, March 18, between 1-2pm in room 3.04.

The festival continues on from the success of last year and you can actually listen to some of last year’s lectures at www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/multimedia-gallery/festival-of-ideas.aspx and you can also read more information on each of the talks there.

Not all students have heard of this festival, however. Martin Williams, 19, a first year Arts student, said: “ I’ve not heard of this but I’ll certainly look into it now.”

To book tickets visit www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/festival-of-ideas/festival-of-ideas.aspx.